CLOVER — The town of Clover will host three Friday night Movies in the Park beginning Friday — the first public events at its much anticipated New Centre Park on Memorial Drive.
“I wanted something new for Clover that the entire town could be invited to,” said special events coordinator Jessica Cody. “It’s a good way to premiere the park for everybody. It’s a beautiful park, and everybody is excited about seeing it for the first time.”
The free public movies include “Brave” on Friday; “Rocky IV” on July 26; and “Oz the Great and Powerful” on Aug. 2
Pre-show activities for children and families will be from 7 to 8 p.m. and the movie will begin about 8:30 p.m. The movies will be shown on a 40-foot movie screen, Cody said, and people are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on.
The park’s new brick concession stand will be open to sell food and drinks, Cody said. Coolers, pets, tobacco and alcohol are not allowed.
Town Manager Allison Harvey said town officials have been wanting to host a family movie event for some time. “It’s outdoors, it’s a great family-friendly activity and now we have a great location to do it,” she said.
Cody said Friday’s events include a sidewalk chalk contest with a prize. Canned foods and monetary donations will be accepted for God’s Kitchen in Clover, which feeds people in the community.
On July 26, the Moped to Memphis group organized by Frank Falls at Clover High School will collectdonations for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and sell items such as T-shirts and bracelets.
On Aug, 2, canned good and monetary donations will be accepted for the Clover Area Assistance Center, which also serves the needy.
The park was finished earlier this year, and town officials have said they plan to begin using the fields for soccer games this fall. They said the fields needed time for the grass to become established.
The first phase of the park cost about $1.7 million and includes four lighted soccer fields, the concession stand and public restrooms, a parking area and the park infrastructure. Rock formations at the site and issues with setting the lights caused delays in the construction.
Plans for future phases of the park include a splash pad, amphitheater, walking trails, picnic shelters, outdoor basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts, a disc golf course and a “miracle field,” which is baseball field for people with disabilities.